Going back a good few years a company called Hornet made some great figures. They also made lots of character replacement heads to personalize figures too. Then all of a sudden Hornet stopped making figures and a new company emerged called “Wolf” with only heads now being manufactured under the Hornet brand. A few years after that Wolf disappeared to be replaced by a company called Sovereign 2000. Still with me? Good.
So why mention all of this? Well the figures produced by Hornet and then subsequently by Wolf were all white metal so when I purchased this Sovereign 2000 figure I anticipated the same. What I got was a resin figure. Even though the website I purchased the figure from (Historex Agents) didn’t specify resin or white metal the fault rests with me, I should and could have clarified. As the saying goes, if you “Assume” then you make an “Ass” out of “U” and “Me”.
Now I’ve no desire to open up the whole debate of Resin/Plastic versus White Metal as it’s been discussed on numerous occasions. I’ll just say “I hate fucking resin figures” and leave it at that. OK, OK I’ll offer a basic explanation.
Firstly, let me say right up front the problem is me. The detail of resin figures is excellent. If you are into conversions like IRO for example then I would imagine adapting and modifying a resin figure using a hobby knife is much better, placing the emphasis on creativity rather than engineering. The figures are also much lighter and just as straight forward to paint but having said all of that I still don’t like them that much. I’m sure they have other virtues as well.
So what’s not to like?
Oddly one of the things I don’t like is the amount of fine detail. A weird thing to say I grant you but, as was the case with this model, the finer parts such as the gun are so easily broken. The detail is great but if it breaks there is little chance of a decent repair leaving the figure essentially useless. I concede that white metal figures break too but in my experience they typically bend first and can be straightened out. My other issue, which is pretty much the same issue in fact, is that they come on sprues or with lumps of residue resin all of which needs to be cut away. A delicate operation which I struggle with. It’s me as I say but I don’t much care for resin given the choice. Having said all that I received 5 resin figures for Christmas so for all my moaning I’m going to have to get used to it. Who knows, by the time I’ve completed them I may have been converted.
Let’s move on to the figure itself.
I needed a WW2 Normandy Landings type figure or two for the Plymouth Model Club display later this year and simply took a shine to this one. I liked the thumbs up pose. He was painted using a combination of acrylics and oils. The base was a simple affair but, surprisingly now that I come to think about it, the first time I’ve used plaster board to make anything, in this instance the wall. I’m sure many of you have used it but if not then I would seriously recommend it. It’s not even something you have to buy, I picked out a few decent pieces from a builders skip! Easily carved but solid enough as well. It’s nicely textured once backing paper is removed and as it absorbs a varied colour shift can be achieved with next to no effort.
Not much else to say other than a few images below, all of which make the model look darker than it actually is.